McKavett State Historic Site will come to life on May 7th, 2016, as Living Historians from around the state gather to portray life as it would have been at the fort in the 1800s.

courtesy Ft. McKavett
courtesy Ft. McKavett

Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. followed by a 10:00 a.m. flag raising ceremony.

Throughout the day, activities will include military drills, Native Indian demonstrations, Buffalo Soldiers, Buffalo Hunters, Chuck Wagon demonstrations, the Texas Camel Corps, the Texas Longhorn herd, a one-room schoolhouse lesson, frontier woodworking, weavers, seamstresses and much more.

There will be infantry and artillery firing demonstrations periodically throughout the day with 6 or more cannons all firing together!  The Ice House Brass Band will perform during a barbeque lunch offered to the public by the Friends of Fort McKavett.

Donations to help defray the cost of the food will be appreciated.  The Sahawe Indian Dancers, members of Boy Scout Troop and Venture 181 from Uvalde, will present a colorful and fast moving variety of Native American dances will perform at 2:00 p.m.

At 3:00, a team of historians will lead a tour of the Government Springs and Quarry area and the Fort McKavett Cemetery.

The day will conclude with the lowering of the flag scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Fort McKavett State Historic Site consists of 17 restored buildings and several ruins.  The restored buildings include the Post Hospital, Post Headquarters, Barracks and several Officers’ Quarters.  There is a historic trail that winds down to a lime kiln exhibit, rock quarry and the Government springs.

Fort McKavett SHS is located 23 miles west of Menard, 41 miles northeast of Sonora, 34 miles east of Eldorado and 15 miles west, then 26 miles north of Junction.  For further information, please call us at (325) 396-2358 or via e-mail at

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